Around 200 patients suffering from seasonal fever have been visiting the Dhadingbensi-based Dhading Hospital on a daily basis of late. Of the total patients, around 15 to 20 per cent are children.
According to Medical superintendent of the Hospital Dr Tribhuvan Chandra Jha, such patients have COVID-19 like symptoms such as common cold, headache, body ache, among other symptoms, and are being treated in the fever clinic at the hospital.
He said that people should maintain personal hygiene, clean the house surroundings and eat food with fluid as preventive measures against seasonal fever.
Similarly, dengue and scrub typhus, typhoid, jaundice, diarrhea, skin diseases and viral fever have also increased in Dhading of late due to the change in weather and excessive heat. Krishna Lal Upreti, in-charge of the Emergency Department, said patients with were seen.
Meanwhile, patients suffering from flu have also increased across nation of late and the symptoms of flu are also similar to COVID-19.
According to Dr Abhinav Neupane, a general physician, flu is a disease caused by the influenza virus which can be broken down into sub-types depending on the genes that make up the surface proteins.
“Over the course of a flu season, different types (A & B) and subtypes (influenza A) of influenza circulate and cause illness. Influenza A and B viruses are responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year,” said Neupane.
In Nepal, January-February and rainy days during July-August are known as flu season. It is important to pay attention to one’s hygiene to avoid contracting flu.